13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Keith?

2. What does Keith wrangle Ginny into doing?

3. What surprises Ginny when they arrive at his flat?

4. What does Ginny order when Keith insists on buying her a drink?

5. What does Aunt Peg's next letter discuss?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ginny know what to pay the Knapps, what amazes her about the bill and the amount?

2. Where does Ginny go to search for artists, and what does she decide?

3. How does Ginny find the cafe and what does she do there?

4. How does Ginny get to use the internet in Amsterdam and what does she do on it?

5. What does Keith tell her when she sees him at the hostel and what do they do from there?

6. Where is Ginny suppose to go after Rome, where is she suppose to stay and why?

7. What does Ginny tell Richard and what does she do after they talk?

8. How does Ginny find out who Piet is and what does she find out from him?

9. What is one of Peg's rules about the states and who does Ginny contact in the hostel in Paris? What happens when she does?

10. What is contained in the second envelope?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Ginny and Peg. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Richard and Ginny. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "13 Little Blue Envelopes" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "13 Little Blue Envelopes", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "13 Little Blue Envelopes. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in the story. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Consider the death of Mike as an random act of nature and the death of Luis as the result of conscious violence. Consider also in your answer the death of innocence in Rick from the beginning of the book to the end.

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